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excellent view

I had a short time during a business trip to see scenery -- decided to check out Dobbins Lookout... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Great drive and views of the greater Phoenix area

This drive is well worth the trip - about 30 minutes south of downtown Phoenix. Once in the park... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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North Summit Road, South Mountain Park, Phoenix, AZ 85042
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All reviews south mountain park winding road great drive scenic drive definitely worth the trip entire valley views are spectacular take pictures compass summit ride benches visitors rocks
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I had a short time during a business trip to see scenery -- decided to check out Dobbins Lookout, based on tripadvisor. It was worth the winding trip up the mountain...its a small mountain - i think about 2500 feet, but high enough for good...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank TomM6893
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Not as impressive as I was led to believe. The drive is pretty long and very windy. Some passengers were feeling sick by the time we reached the lookout. What we could see was city sprawl across the valley with a haze hanging above it...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank JulieKLark
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This drive is well worth the trip - about 30 minutes south of downtown Phoenix. Once in the park, follow the winding road for a few miles to the lookout. The facilities are minimal, but you’re up there for the amazing views of the Valley...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Carey2016
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The drive up was awesome! We saw so many Saguaro Cactus. Loved the compass at the top of lookout! We even saw a Coyote and a chipmonk.lol

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Tour828395
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was in Phoenix for two days and traveling from the Central time zone I woke up about an hour before sunrise. I hesitated on whether or not to get up and go check out Dobbins Lookout, but I talked myself into it. I am...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank coachsara
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Dobbins Lookout is located on the very top of the South Mountain Park. The thrill comes from the spectacular panoramic view of the vast Phoenix Metro Area - you can see and grasp it as a whole entity from this unique vantage point. There are...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank irina g
Reviewed October 3, 2018

Many of the amazing views that you see at different places are only seen after a difficult hike. You don't need to hike for this view. You can drive to it which makes it accessible for everyone. It is a pretty view of Phoenix. However,...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank TheWorkman75
Reviewed October 3, 2018

We had a bit of trouble finding the summit road as there were no signs directing us to it. The park was completely deserted when we arrived at 11:30 AM, kind of eerie. Eventually we found the summit road and encountered a few other visitors....More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Gorton54
Reviewed September 4, 2018

Nice drive up. Great place to relax or hike and enjoy the scenery. Views from here are amazing. Benches are available as well as a shaded building that provides a breeze. Stay a short while for the views or longer with a hike.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Steph g
Reviewed August 18, 2018

Really enjoyed the area - the drive up - the lookout. Lot of people seemed to like the challenge of cycling up here, so have to be conscious and aware of this - a lot of narrow and blind bends. Sadly, there are several memorials...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Harrison-F-Carter
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Theresa A
April 1, 2018|
Response from BevoBurn96 | Reviewed this property |
You can go to the City of Phoenix website and check on their parks hours which states that City parks are open 365 days a year. There are restricted services on City recognized holidays.
July 9, 2017|
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Response from Lisa H | Reviewed this property |
It is perfectly safe. I'm from flat Illinois also! Just drive slowly and carefully